D&D 3rd edition: Dungeon Tiles
DT1: customizable dungeon grids
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Your tabletop never looked better! These Dungeon Tiles are the first in a new series of dungeon-building aids for Dungeon Masters. With D&D Miniatures and this pack of customizable dungeon grids, you can add a new dimension to your D&D adventures. Easy to set up and infinitely expandable, this pack allows you to create the dungeons and adventures you want to play. Future sets will allow players to create larger, more elaborate dungeons!
This pack contains six durable, double-sided, four color illustrated dungeon grids, featuring rooms, corridors, and passages of various sizes, plus doors, walls, and other terrain elements that you can use to make great D&D encounters that enhance your roleplaying game experience.
Dungeon Tiles are a welcome addition to our roleplaying sessions. I bought 2 copies and am glad that I did.
* ability to quickly lay down a simple dungeon layout for combat
* strength of the tiles means they don't get crushed and crumpled in my bag
* ability to slide across a table-top allows for continually moving encounters (as opposed to a grid-marked battlemat or whiteboard where you need to redraw or "wrap" the map if you go off one edge
* magic circles, porticulli, trapdoors, statues etc certainly add to the creation of a more visually appealling layout
* lack of 5' wide tiles - the vast majority of tiles are 10' wide and there are only 2 5'x5' tiles and a handful of 5'x10' tiles which makes creating areas that are not a multiple of 10' wide problematic, and 5' corridors almost impossible
* tiles depicting doors/porticulli have them in the middle of a 5' square instead of between 5' squares - this makes it hard to depict the typical dungeon layout where doors and walls run along the edge of a square.
* stairs are 10' - you cannot show a 5' stairway without using a 10' wide tile and covering half of it.
* cannot accurately map out cavern / irregular walls - this would be less of an issue if there were more 5'x5' squares, and is definitely easier to do on a battlemat - perhaps forthcoming Dungeon Tiles products will include more pieces to assist here.
Summary: If you regularly use miniatures on a whiteboard/battlemat then this isn't a must buy, but can definitely add to the game. If you use miniatures and tend to juryrig something to show the positions then this is a definite plus. If you don't use minis or already have a complete mini environment then they will be of limited use. Definitely more useful in dungeon/castle settings. Towns (except for the included generic tavern), wilderness, underwater or natural caverns based locations will not find this useful - wait for one of the future Dungeon Tile packs to see if something more suitable shows up.
Will I buy more in the series? Perhaps - depending on what is included. Have I got my money's worth? Not quite yet - but I will. And only because I bought 2 sets and therefore have (almost) enough 5' wide tiles to make it practical to use.